For practical reasons, the majority of packing usually has to take place close to the set moving date. This can be very frustrating as you’re torn between wanting to get cracking on but not wanting to be without your ‘things’. While there are some packing jobs which really do need to be left right until the end, there is one big and potentially very time-consuming job that you can get to grips with well in advance, without it inconveniencing you at all. And, tackling it early has the added bonus of making the final packing and unpacking job a much more streamlined task too.
That area is your wardrobes, closets and drawers. Wait, I hear you moan: “I can’t be without my things for weeks in advance!” Of course you can’t and that’s why you don’t need to be if you follow a few simple and practical steps on how to balance your practical everyday pre-move needs with your desire to get on with the job. The idea here is to make the contents portable and ready to go while keeping them accessible at the same time.
Here’s what you do and what you‘ll need:
1. A selection of sturdy garment/storage bags and packs of varying sizes including some that are drawer sized.
2. A selection of hangers, including tiered ones to accommodate skirts and trousers
3. A pen and pack of postcard-sized labels.
Start with the items you wear rarely and/or are unlikely to need between now and the time of your move. Anything on a hanger can stay on a hanger but bulk up: A single sturdy hanger will take up to e.g. 5 light items (e.g. shirts, tops etc) and 3-5 heavier ones. Think two hangers-worth per bag. Use the tiered hangers for skirts/trousers. Pack like with like (e.g. delicate items and fabrics prone to creasing should be packed together so they can travel at the top of a packing box or, alternatively, in the back of your car on move day), label clearly and push to the ‘done’ side of the rail. Do this until you’re left with just the clothing items that you’ll need between now and your move date which ideally, should hold no more than a couple of garment bags, and hang spare bags alongside the remaining clothing so they‘re ready and waiting for when you’re doing your final pack.
Keep a maximum of two drawers/shelves for what you’ll use between now and your move date and, as with your wardrobe, apply the same principle of ‘need’. Ideally use clear polythene storage packs here so you can see at a glance what’s where should you need to locate something urgently - zip, stick a label on it and place back in its original drawer. Come packing day, all you’ll have to do is lift it out, place in a packing box, job done. Shoes and bags can be packed up in exactly the same way.
The important thing to remember here is that whether you’re doing this a week or a couple of weeks in advance, you’ll still have access to everything, just that now they’re in portable containers and like you, are preparing for take-off! In short, don‘t get distracted or bogged down in indecision about what to consign to the ’done’ side.
When the move is imminent and you’re on box packing duty, fold the larger garment bags in half and place in a packing box. Place the heavier items at the bottom (e.g. Shoes, boots, bags, coats etc.) and keep anything delicate at the top so the impact on the clothing while in transit is minimal.
At the other end, you’ll arrive with a ready-made, clean, dust and damage-free wardrobe which can be immediately imported into its new home with the minimum of fuss.
Guest post by Grace Bailey on behalf of Islington House Movers